If you were to open my notes app on my iPhone you’d find: mantras, affirmations, grocery lists—and more mantras. When scrolling the many mantras recently I noticed that “let go” showed up in over 5 of the ones I’d had written in the last week.
So, as mindful work goes, I knew I had to pay attention to it…and I knew it had to be front and center for this week’s mantra. But before I could write about it, I had to figure out a few things.
“Let go” is a pretty ambiguous term. I can tell you (or myself) to let go, but how do I actually apply it to my life? And more importantly—why do I feel like I have to apply it to my life?
Naturally the big O (Oprah, that is) was able to shed some light on that during a recent episode of her deep dive into “A New Earth” with Ekhart Tolle.
What’s at the heart of letting go? Releasing the constant need for control. And what’s at the heart of the need to control? Worry and fear.
It’s obvious obvious to want to let go of worry and fear, yet we hold onto it so dearly. I know so many people who use their fear or worry as motivation to be successful. They think that it actually helps them get things done better or faster. But by living in that mindset, you are choosing to suffer. You are putting what’s false, the allusion of success or failure, over what’s real—the natural flow of your existence. Pure love. Natural balance. The truth that you will always be taken care of if you can indeed just let go and be one with the natural flow of life’s cycles.
As Ekhart put it, “worry doesn’t have to be a part of success or accomplishment.” It’s really that simple. Worry and fear are both just mindsets and you can choose your mindset each day just like you choose your clothes. Try this prayer: “Today I choose to release worry and fear. In place of that I’ll put an authentic commitment to making the most out of each moment by being thoughtful, creative, and in the present moment.”
To let go is to release the mindset of fear and worry. To release the notion that you won’t be okay. To release the notion that you need anything. You will be okay. Just focus on your next step, you’ll be just fine.
Today I choose to release worry and fear. In place of that I’ll put an authentic commitment to making the most out of each moment by being thoughtful, creative, and in the present moment.
Another note: This will be the last Monday Mantra and blog post for a little while as I take some time off to spend with our soon-to-be little girl (due next week!) I’ll post here and there on Instagram, if you’d like to follow along. I’ll definitely be back with fresh content as we get settled into our new life together—and I’m sure I’ll have a lot more lessons to work through and write about. The mindful work is continuous! Until then, thank you so much for your kind words, well-wishes, and support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Have a happy & healthy day, every day.